Archive | February, 2011

Financial Peace Seminar at Oasis Community Church

24 Feb

Barb Duncan, Financial Peace University Facilitator

Need to figure out how to pay off debt, student loans or handle your money better? If you said yes to any of these questions, then consider going to the 13-week course offered at Oasis Community Church here in Lakeland, FL called Financial Peace University Seminar by Dave Ramsey.

Financial Peace University Attendees

“Financial Peace University teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money and empowers you with the practical skills and confidence needed to achieve your financial goals and experience true financial peace!”

This seminar is open to singles, couples, or people who just want to learn how to manage their money. The 13-week course started on February 10, 2011 and is transforming lives in the process. It will not always be the easiest task, but in the end it is definitely worth having that peace of mind that the finances are under control.

Financial Peace University Text

“Oasis decided to offer the course because knowing how to manage your money well honors God,” explains Barb Duncan, Financial Peace University Facilitator. Duncan not only went through this course before, but also completed the Good Sense class as well.

Originally, Oasis Community Church offered the financial class called Good Sense, but now transitioned over to Financial Peace University created by renowned speaker and author Dave Ramsey. This seminar is the first time Oasis Community Church has offered it where the group meets every Thursday night. Around 50 people are enrolled in the class.

The format of the series is watching the video material of Dave Ramsey speaking on the various categories dealing with money and then the whole group breaks into four smaller groups. Each small group has a discussion leader that prompts conversations and concerns from group members. The small group settings provide a safe environment for group members to talk about their financial difficulties and find solutions or develop a plan to solve these problems. It also is a great place to network and have accountability through the course.

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“We chose to come to Financial Peace University because we had to get a focus on our money, make goals and find accountability,” says Mary Galletta, attendee of Financial Peace University.

The best advice that couples can adhere to is using the envelope system. The envelope system is where you allot x amount of money for each envelope. Every envelope is marked for different needs such as a food envelope, a gas envelope, a rent envelope, etc. The catch is you can only spend the money allotted into each envelope for that purpose and not pull money from any other envelope. If you follow this system, then you should not overspend.

Review Discussion“Sit down and figure out a budget showing where every dollar is to go before the month starts. If you are married get on the same page,” expresses Duncan.

Small Group Setting

One of the hottest issues that couples fight about is money. It is so important to lay out all the bills to see what is needing to be paid every month. The best way to keep a budget is to show where to spend each dollar before the month begins. This way when the end of the month comes you are not wondering where all the money went.

“Live like no one else now, and you will live like no one else later,” says Dave Ramsey. The best advice is to have a plan. Without a plan, the snowball effect of continually spending money is bound to happen. Finances are always a part of life, so come and learn how to use the tools where you can win in your finances.



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Trash Mountain Project revisits Building Location in Dominican Republic

17 Feb

Picture living as a family that eats, sleeps, works, and dies in a trash dump for their entire life. The trash dumps are a place of no hope or vision. One man saw this need and decided something needed to be done about it. 

What is Trash Mountain Project? “The Trash Mountain Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded by Brett & Jaelle Durbin after a trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras in November of 2008. While filming a documentary about families living in the neighboring trash dump community, each felt a call to completely focus on raising awareness and action for children and families in trash dump communities throughout the world.”

The trash dumps are a place where there is gang violence, sex trafficking, disease and death. A trash dump community would be defined as the families that live in the direct area around the trash dump. For example, children die from getting run over by the trash trucks that plow trash thru the dumps or from having trash dumped on them. The gang violence contributes to these deaths with territory battles and trafficking of drugs and people. The trash dumps also have many chemicals in the air that are dangerous to inhale because some of them come from medical waste.

The Trash Mountain Project team went to Santiago, Dominican Republic on February 10th to 15th with a team of dentists and assistants from Topeka, Kansas to not only bring dental healthcare, but also to see the final building project and wire the project with internet.

“The building project was a huge success because it extends the after school program for the children in the trash dump community,” explains Missions Director Jon DeMeo.

Completed Building Project

The contact that Trash Mountain Project partnered with in Santiago was with Director of Kids With a Hope, Pablo.  Kids With a Hope is a ministry that gets kids off of the trash dumps and into an after school program. This after school program provides the kids with a nutritious meal to ensure proper health. Plus, Kids With a Hope includes Bible training, computer training, and various safe play areas. This completed building project extended the classrooms wing by one floor. Thank you to the team and supporters that made this trip possible. It truly makes a difference.

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Southeastern University QEP

3 Feb

SEU Students

It is that time for Southeastern University. Southeastern University has their SACS accreditation coming this spring semester 2011. “SACS” is The Commission on Colleges of The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is very important for Southeastern University to pass their SACS accreditation because it gives the school its regional accreditation which then plays into being able to have federal financial aid as well.

In order for Southeastern University to pass the SACS accreditation, the administration developed a quality enhancement plan (QEP). The quality enhancement plan that Southeastern University developed is think it, link it, and live it; Transforming minds and engaging culture.

Breaking down the think it, link it, live it, let’s start with “think it.” Think it means as Dr. Waddell explained in chapel, “The students at Southeastern University will be able to think critically about a Christian worldview.” Southeastern University is equipping students to be able to intellectually engage with other world views.

The next part of Southeastern University’s quality enhancement plan is link it. Link it means that the students will be able to “Demonstrate awareness of personal gifts, calling, and temperament,” describes Southeastern administration. Southeastern University is a great place for students to take the time to uncover what exactly it is that God has gifted them to do and go from there to fulfill that calling.

SBLC member in Honduras helping in the Kitchen

Lastly, the third side of the triangle that makes up the QEP is live it. This part means that the students at Southeastern University can practice engaging the culture around them. One way that Southeastern University has engaged their culture is through the arts. Every year, the communications department has offered the course Dance and each semester these students have their dance showcase which minsters to hundreds of people on and off campus. Moreover, the Student Body Leadership Council went to Honduras and helped build fences for the fish farm, dig trenches to provides running water to the home, and partner with the surrounding churches to reach the people.

Graphic designer of QEP logo, Daniel Barcelo

Plus, Southeastern University student, Daniel Barcelo, is the graphic designer that created all the graphics and logo for the quality enhancement plan. His design is showed on the T-shirts, signs, etc that made the marketing possible. The best part about Southeastern University is the students. What better way to involve the students, then to have a student design the graphics for QEP.

This QEP involves everyone at Southeastern University. From spreading the word in chapel, t-shirts, A-frame signs, water bottles and so much more, the students at Southeastern University have really embraced the QEP of Think It. Link It. Live It: Transforming minds and engaging culture. Southeastern University is excited to not only have the QEP in place, but also their new President Dr. Ingle. What better timing for all of this to come together and continue on the vision of Southeastern University for many more years to come.